I stupidly jumped on the synthetic weed bandwagon in October 2014 and quit completely around March 2015.
At first the allure of inexpensive, mail order drugs that had the same effect as weed seemed pretty cool and I figured all the news stories were overblown.
At first, it wasn’t bad – I started smoking a tiny bit at a time, maybe a thumbnail sized pinch to test it out and get a feel for the potency.
The first batch I bought, felt like a nice indica, had a mellow body high but was more intense than actual marijuana and to me the upside of not having it show on a drug test or smell like pot was a win-win.
I should have stopped when I started getting different branded mixes with varying effects and potency.
Some wouldn’t feel like anything happened at all, others I could take a single hit and it would knock me on my ass for a couple hours.
Whenever I would stop, I didn’t want to eat, got extremely thirsty and sweaty, had heart palpitations (never happened before), slurred speech, and was really jittery and agitated.
People noticed my demeanor changed and I was smoking this nasty shit every day after work, neglecting going out with friends or to the gym like usual.
The last straw was in March 2015; I smoked a little “spice” and wanted to play some games on my PC to pass time.
Within a few minutes of a hit, I had what felt like a mild seizure – left eye started twitching and going apeshit, my whole body felt numb and tingly for a few seconds and I started randomly spouting words and phrases that made no sense.
I didn’t want to go back to it or even touch the stuff anymore.
Over the next couple weeks I battled the withdrawal, sweating like crazy, didn’t want to eat, felt like I was always thirsty and was extremely anxious and irritable.
I just kept flushing my body with water and forcing myself to eat normally, thankfully everything calmed down and went back to normal.
I still smoke regular pot on occasion now, but it literally took a couple months of being clean of spice before my body’s tolerance went down.
I remember about a month after quitting spice, I smoked some really good, potent pot and barely felt anything while my friends were completely bombed on the same stuff I had.
I was afraid I’d never be able to feel that high again, so I quit smoking pot altogether between June and September 2015.
After that, I tried again and it seemed like the regular pot effects were back to normal and I could actually get high/buzzed again.
Whatever chemicals were in that spice bullshit really fucked with my head and none of it was worth the money, time or risk associated.
If anyone wants to get high, stick with the real deal marijuana, avoid anything someone makes in a lab or cooks up in their home, that shit will mess you up bad if you’re not careful.
I lucked out but I’ll never, ever touch synthetic weed/spice again.